Poetry Friday: “Headline”


“Make poetry out of every moment.”

~ Cid Corman ~

The weather has been beautiful in Connecticut this summer, but several recent cool nights signal a change is on the way. Poets love to celebrate the seasons, and many wonderful poems sing the praises of autumn. Today I’m sharing a poem from Firefly July, (Candlewick Press, 2014), Paul B. Janeczko and Melissa Sweet’s gorgeous new anthology.


A leaf on

the doorstep—

dont even

have to pick

it up to

know the news.

by Cid Corman


There are several wonderful poetry collections for children specifically about fall. My favorites include Autumnblings, (HaperCollins, 2003) by Douglas Florian, and Autumn: An Alphabet Acrostic (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) by Steven Schnur. Both books are perfect to use as mentor texts for young poets.

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9 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: “Headline”

  1. Whoa! What a surprise to see my Autumnblings here today Thanx so much. By the way, the title is pronounced awe-tumblings, not Autumn-blings though we all know that Autumn can have a lot of BLING color-wise! I love the witty wise Headline poem. Thanx again, Douglas


    • Thanks so much for stopping by! As I’m sure you know, kids love the humor and word play in your poetry. I’ve convinced more than one reluctant poet to give a list poem a try using “Things I Love About Fall” as a model.


  2. Love the photo. Looks like that “headline” is buried in one of the back sections of the newspaper, right below a big article on (or by) Black-eyed Susan(s)!!!


  3. Firefly July became an instant fave for me this year. So many wonderful short poems– they’re like delicious bite-sized morsels! Thanks for the recommendation of the other two autumn collections, Catherine– I will definitely check them out.


  4. I am still lingering in late summer but cherish the fall season. Save your thoughts for the next REFLECT WITH ME Gallery to be called Finding Fall (title inspired by my daughter and son-in-law).


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